“I want to live in that world,” said Cullen Buie, an MIT professor of mechanical engineering and a Veritas Riff Fellow, after hearing his co-Fellows share about their work at our most recent Veritas Riff gathering.

Cullen heard one Fellow describe how she is harnessing artificial intelligence to help her neighbors build stronger relationships. A law professor shared how he is launching an institute to help Christian scholars at his university work together. One professor of medicine talked about helping patients better prepare for the inevitable by authoring a handbook on the “art of dying.” A philosophy professor shared her new economic theory that unites what is rational with what is just.

These projects, and many more, can bring about a better world—a world for which all of us long.

Veritas Forum Executive Director, David Hobbet, welcomes venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to the Veritas Riff capstone event in Palo Alto, California.

Veritas Riff was founded in 2010 to support Christian scholars and researchers at top universities with the calling and capacity to reach a broad audience. Since then, each Riff cohort has been comprised of approximately twelve exceptional scholars (“Riff Fellows”) who seek to contribute to public discussion, integrate their faith with their expertise, and support their like-minded peers.

This year’s Riff Fellows included Ray Barfield (Duke), Lara Buchak (UC Berkeley), Cullen Buie (MIT), Mia Chung (Curtis Institute of Music), Lydia Dugdale (Yale), John Inazu (Washington University in St. Louis), Jimmy Lin (Natera), Rosalind Picard (MIT), and Francis Su (Harvey Mudd). They spent a week together in Palo Alto, developing and crafting their ideas for future public-facing work through design thinking with Dave Evans (Designing Your Life), compelling communications with Duarte, and spiritual formation with Andy Crouch and others.

They then shared their emerging ideas during a capstone evening with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and media leaders from across Silicon Valley for further feedback and refinement.

Riff Fellows Ray Barfield (Duke) and Rosalind Picard (MIT)

One Fellow noted that this year’s Riff was “among one of the best learning and thinking and processing experiences I have had in the last ten years.” Another shared, “My previous experience with Riff changed the way I think; this Riff changed me.”

Riff Fellow Cullen Buie (MIT)

We look forward to sharing more about their efforts in the months and years to come. As Veritas continues to expand our work to present Jesus Christ as central to all of life, we’re excited to continue to partner with these innovative scholars to apply their expertise and their Christian faith to glorify God and seek the common good.